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China’s internet regulator takes aim at forced data collection

China’s internet regulator takes aim at forced data collection China is a step closer to cracking down on unscrupulous data collection by app developers. This week, the country’s cybersecurity watchdog began seeking comment on the range of user information that apps from instant messengers to ride-hailing services are allowed to collect. The […]

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Europe to put forward rules for political ads transparency and beef up its disinformation code next year

Europe to put forward rules for political ads transparency and beef up its disinformation code next year New rules for online political advertising will be put forward by European Union lawmakers next year, with the aim of boosting transparency around sponsored political content. The Commission said today that it wants citizens, civil […]

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Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to pass a new police reform bill that will ban police departments and public agencies from using facial recognition technology across the state. The bill was passed by both the state’s House and Senate on Tuesday, […]

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No Google-Fitbit merger without human rights remedies, says Amnesty to EU

No Google-Fitbit merger without human rights remedies, says Amnesty to EU Human rights NGO, Amnesty International, has written to the EU’s competition regulator calling for Google’s acquisition of wearable maker Fitbit to be blocked — unless meaningful safeguards can be baked in. The tech giant announced its intent to splash $2.1BN to […]

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GDPR enforcement must level up to catch big tech, report warns

GDPR enforcement must level up to catch big tech, report warns A new report by European consumer protection umbrella group Beuc, reflecting on the barriers to effective cross-border enforcement of the EU’s flagship data protection framework, makes awkward reading for the regional lawmakers and regulators as they seek to shape the next […]

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Europe sets out the rules of the road for its data reuse plan

Europe sets out the rules of the road for its data reuse plan European Union lawmakers have laid out a major legislative proposal today to encourage the reuse of industrial data across the Single Market by creating a standardized framework of trusted tools and techniques to ensure what they describe as “secure […]

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Australia’s spy agencies caught collecting COVID-19 app data

Australia’s spy agencies caught collecting COVID-19 app data Australia’s intelligence agencies have been caught “incidentally” collecting data from the country’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app during the first six months of its launch, a government watchdog has found. The report, published Monday by the Australian government’s inspector general for the intelligence community, which […]

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A bug meant Twitter Fleets could still be seen after they disappear

A bug meant Twitter Fleets could still be seen after they disappear Twitter is the latest social media site to allow users to experiment with posting disappearing content. Fleets, as Twitter calls them, allows its mobile users post short stories, like photos or videos with overlaying text, that are set to vanish […]

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Ghostery’s New Search Engine Will Be Entirely Ad-Free

Ghostery’s New Search Engine Will Be Entirely Ad-Free The tracker-blocking company will soon launch a privacy-friendly desktop browser as well. Source: www.wired.com Ghostery’s New Search Engine Will Be Entirely Ad-Free

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Apple’s IDFA gets targeted in strategic EU privacy complaints

Apple’s IDFA gets targeted in strategic EU privacy complaints A unique device identifier that Apple assigns to each iPhone for third parties to track users for ad targeting — aka the IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) — is itself now the target of two new complaints filed by European privacy campaign not-for-profit, noyb. […]

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